International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

International Bamboo and Rattan Organization


Webinar Series – Bamboo: A Very Sustainable Construction Material (2021)

Webinar Series – Bamboo: A Very Sustainable Construction Material (2021)

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Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plant on earth and an integral part of many people’s lives and landscapes. Bamboo has been used as a construction material for thousands of years. In recent decades, research and technological innovations have hugely expanded bamboo’s potential as a structural and decorative modern building material. Nowadays, bamboo materials are increasingly used in indoor and outdoor spaces, for eco-tourism structures, and in public infrastructure.

This webinar series will build on INBAR’s 2020 online events, ‘Bamboo: A Very Sustainable Construction Material’. This year’s series will explore a number of topics related to bamboo construction:

Session 1: Bamboo Architecture 4 November


Opening remarks – Lu Wenming, Deputy Director General of INBAR; Ishtiaque Zahir Titas, Co-Director of UIA Commission for Sustainable Development Goals; Shi Yongjiu, Professor and Director of the Academic Committee, Department of Civil Engineering at Tsinghua University; Zhang Li, Professor and Dean of School of Architecture at Tsinghua University; David Trujillo, Chair of the INBAR Construction Task Force.

Presentations – Jakob Brandtberg Knudsen, Dean of Architecture of the Royal Danish Academy; Song Yehao, Co-founder and Principal of SUP Atelier; Neil Thomas, Founder & Director of Atelier One.

Moderators: Liu Kewei, Global Bamboo Construction Programme Coordinator of INBAR; David Trujillo.

Session 2: Technologies and Recent Development of Contemporary Bamboo Structures in China 9 November

Speakers: Yang Jun, Professor of School of Civil Engineering of Tsinghua University; Qin Lin, Associate Professor of School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Chongqing University; Peng Baoning, Director of Technology Centre of Xi’an Construction Engineering Green Construction Group Co., Ltd.

Moderators: Wu Junqi, Director of Communication and Outreach of INBAR; Liu Kewei.

Session 3: Global Bamboo Construction: Business Models 16 November

Speakers: Francesco Intrieri, Director of Projects at BAMBUSA; Xiong Zhenhua, General Manager of Ganzhou Sentai Bamboo & Wood Co., Ltd; Juan Paulo Mayorca, CEO of Del Bambú.

Moderators: Borja De La Peña, Global Policy Officer of INBAR; Hector Archila, Senior Lecturer of the University of the West of England.

Session 4: Mechanisms for Capacity Building of Professionals 23 November

Speakers: Wang Xiangrong, Professor of School of Landscape Architecture at Beijing Forestry University; Andry Widyowijatnoko, Architect and Lecturer at Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia; John O. Naylor, Architect AA Dipl RIBA, AA School of Architecture, London; Marco Cimillo, Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching of the Design School, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.

Moderators: Jin Wei, Capacity Building Manager of INBAR; Neelam Manjunath, CEO, Founder and Managing Trustee, Centre for Green Building Materials and Technology, Bangalore, India.

Session 5: Standardisation of Round-pole Bamboo Structures 29 November


Presentations: Kent Harries, Professor of the University of Pittsburgh; David Trujillo, Chair of the INBAR Construction Task Force; Luis Felipe, Head of Technology at Base Bahay Foundation in the Philippines; Sebastian Kaminski, Senior Structural Engineer of Arup; Mateo Gutierrez Gonzalez, Technical Development Manager in CLTP Tasmania; Andrew Lawrence, Director, Arup.

Moderators: Durai Jayaraman, Global Programme Director of INBAR; Emmanuel Appiah-Kubi, Senior Lecturer of Construction and Wood Technology Department at Akenten Appiah-Menka University, Ghana.

Closing remarks: David Trujillo; Durai Jayaraman.

You can register to attend the series here.

From left to right: A house in Ecuador; a building at the Shanghai Expo 2010; the Bamboo Eye Pavilion at the 2019 International Horticultural Exposition, Beijing, China. All buildings are made using bamboo.

Organisers: INBAR, INBAR Construction Task Force, International Union of Architects (UIA), School of Civil Engineering of Tsinghua University, School of Architecture of Tsinghua University, Architecture Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University (THAD)

Supporting Organisations: University of Pittsburgh, Coventry University, Base, Arup, World Architecture, School of Landscape Architecture of Beijing Forestry University, Journal of Landscape Architecture, Institute Teknologi Bandung, Journal of Building Structure, University of the West of England, Amphibia Base, Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design, Conservation.